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Nationals Turn To Zimmermann, Strasburg To Close Out Series With Diamondbacks

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 6/25/2013 7:39:19 PM

The Washington Nationals were expected to contend for a National League East title in 2013. Many sports betting experts had the Arizona Diamondbacks finishing no higher than third in the NL West. Neither projection has been right to this point in the season, as the NL West-leading Diamondbacks wrap up a three-game series on the road against a Washington team that sits six games back of the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. The Nationals have looked good at home to this point in the season, and will turn to two of their best arms to try and wrap up the series on a high note.

Arizona Diamondbacks @ Washington Nationals
Wednesday, 7:05 PM ET

Zimmermann is tied with St. Louis Cardinal’s starters Adam Wainwright and Lance Lynn for the most wins in the NL with 10, and Washington has won each of the last four games he started regardless of whether he got the decision or not. The 27-year old has pitched seven or more innings of shutout ball in three of them, bringing his ERA down to 2.26 on the year. That is exactly the type of production that the Nationals need from their pitchers, but whether or not they are able to get their offense going is another story entirely. Arizona will counter with Wade Miley, who is just 4-6 with a 4.70 ERA this online sports betting season. However, the Diamondbacks have won three of the last four games that Miley started, averaging over eight runs per game in those victories. Arizona won’t get that type of run production versus Zimmerman, so if the Washington offense can get to Miley early they should be in line for an important home win.

MLB Betting Pick: Washington Nationals - 160

Arizona Diamondbacks @ Washington Nationals
Thursday, 4:05 PM ET

The fact that Stephen Strasburg is just 4-6 on the season is an absolute joke, especially considering his 2.40 ERA and how much better he has pitched lately. Strasburg has allowed one earned run or fewer in seven-straight starts, but is just 3-2 over that stretch as the support just hasn’t been there. Making matters even worse is the fact that Patrick Corbin will be on the mound for the Diamondbacks, as he is 9-0 with a 2.19 ERA this online betting season. Corbin hasn’t gotten a decision in four-straight starts despite that Arizona has gone 3-1 over that span, and he could be in line for his first win since June 2 if he is able to shut the Nationals’ offense down the way that he has so many other teams of late. Washington simply doesn’t have the weapons on offense to put up big totals, and that has put more pressure than ever on their pitching. Strasburg will likely put together another solid start, but the moment he falters this one will be over for the Nationals.

MLB Betting Pick: Arizona Diamondbacks + 130

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